Providing accurate, hands-on training materials for criminal justice and disability professionals is priority one for NCCJD. Our goal is to significantly raise awareness around this fact: People with disabilities are at a disadvantage in our current criminal justice system, whether as victims, witnesses, suspects, or offenders. Without appropriate training, many people with disabilities will not receive the accommodations to which they are entitled, undermining their day in court—as victims or defendants. Training serves to protect both the professional (from lawsuits or possible physical danger), as well as the safety and rights of the person with a disability.


NCCJD will offer free monthly webinars on criminal justice and disability topics for both professionals and people with disabilities (and their family members). Webinars will be archived and made available 2-5 business days after the live event and will be free for two weeks following the event. Contact NCCJD to suggest a topic for an upcoming webinar or webinar series.

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Criminal Justice & Disability Certificate Program

Coming in 2015: NCCJD will develop a training certificate program comprised of core competency requirements, giving criminal justice and disability professionals the information needed to effectively work with people with disabilities who are involved in the criminal justice system. The training package will include “the best of the best” from model training programs from across the country, and include core competencies decided on by NCCJD’s Partners and Advisors.


A number of The Arc’s chapters provide training, education and advocacy related to criminal justice issues. Check out these videos from The Arc’s chapter network.

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